The Wacky World of Weather Stations: No. 80- Pooncarrie (NSW)

Please refer back to my first post for site specifications.

Station: Pooncarrie 47029

Opened: 1882

Daily Temperature data from: 2002

Data used to adjust Acorn sites at: Mildura.

Location:   Co-ordinates   -33.3856 142.5696

Pooncarrie map

About 800km west of Sydney, 550km north-west of Melbourne, 400km north-east of Adelaide.

BOM site plan 2018:

Pooncarrie plan2018


2019 Google satellite image:

Pooncarrie aerial

Not too bad- apart from the corrugated iron fence 5 metres to the west, the 2 metre steel fence 20 metres to the east, the shed and chook pen and other buildings, and trees.

This station is non-compliant, with temperatures reported at Latest Weather Observations and used to adjust data at Acorn sites.


Percentage of all sites not compliant: 11.05%

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2 Responses to “The Wacky World of Weather Stations: No. 80- Pooncarrie (NSW)”

  1. John in Oz Says:

    The concept of a temperature gauge being sited in a position that represents the general area seems to have been missed by the BOM

    The satellite image shows Pooncarrie and the weather station surrounded by an arid-looking landscape that is definitely not represented by the back yard of the post office.

    Thanks for your good work in exposing this farce

  2. Bill in Oz Says:

    The other thing that Google earth shows is all the large trees within 100 meters of the BOM station at Pooncarrie.

    In the desert humans plant trees for shade and to amelliorate the harshness of the climate. And we water those trees so they will grow tall and strong for us.

    Also I wonder whether the post office has an A/C unit keeping it cool inside in Summer & warmer in Winter. If so that A/C unit is pumping hot air out in Summer and cold air in Winter, into the surrounding environment.

    Both these factors are reasons why this Pooncarrie BOM station does not accurately measure the real temperatures in this part of NSW

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